Glasgow College's Public Speaking successes recognised

The Debating Group join Honor and James at St Aloysius College
The Debating Group join Honor and James at St Aloysius College

Two pupils of St Aloysius College in Glasgow have been recognised for their contribution to the school’s Public Speaking tradition. S6 pupils Honor McWilliams and James Frazier were presented with gifts and cards to celebrate their contributions to the Public Speaking Club over recent months. They have been credited with overseeing an innovative programme that has helped develop pupils’ talents, which has resulted in a hugely successful year for public speaking in the College.

Honor and James have successfully encouraged a wide range of pupils to take part in external Public Speaking competitions, particularly younger pupils who have been mentored to represent the College in many major tournaments this year. They have also overseen the expansion of the club itself: it now has more than 40 members.

Empowering pupils

The two S6 pupils have also had their personal Public Speaking successes: Honor won the final of the Glasgow Rotary Individual Speaker competition, while James achieved second place in the Glasgow Speakers Club final. Other winning pupils included three from S2 (Humzah Razzaq, Scarlett Morris and Eva Pryce) who reached the District Final of Rotary’s team event, ‘Youth Speaks!’. In addition, S2 pupils Alex Carson, Charlotte Norton, Eva Pryce and Scarlett Morris were highly commended in their first attempt last week at the Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) competition, and feedback from senior legal figures was most encouraging. The long running competition, hosted at Eastbank Academy, had a theme of diversity and equality and Alex and Charlotte spoke on the impact of social media on equality. "They could not have performed any better even if they’d had a month to rehearse," praised teacher, Mr Ruddy. "That it was all done overnight is testimony to their talent."

Confidence in public speaking has empowered pupils to give speeches at assemblies, contribute to prayer services and take part in other events at which they have been ‘ambassadors for the Green Blazer’, including visits to the Scottish Parliament, attending out of hours heats, and hosting debates with other schools.

James Frazier and Honor McWilliams are due to leave St Aloysius College at the end of the current school year; but they leave the Public Speaking Club in a great position to build on their legacy in the years to come.